Virginia Pelley is an experienced science and features writer and editor with bylines at Fit Pregnancy, Natural Health, The Atlantic, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Vice, The Daily Beast, Men’s Journal, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Al Jazeera America, Cosmopolitan, and of course Fatherly.
7 Tips To Help You Cope With "Gray Divorce"
When older parents decide to divorce, it can be tough on families. Here’s how to ease the transition for everyone.
14 Simple Ways To Make Your Relationship Stronger Than Ever
According to roughly a decade of studies in relationship science, here’s what makes a partnership happier and more resilient.
How Having A Second Child Affects Your Marriage, Finances, And Family Dynamic
Baby number two changes a lot, and often in unexpected ways.
Understanding Your Attachment Style Is The Secret To Healthier Relationships
Secure? Dismissive-avoidant? Anxious? Attachment styles shouldn't be taken as gospel. But understanding them can help couples understand one another better.
When Wives Earn More Than Their Husbands, Marriages Struggle
Thanks to a combination of societal expectations and deep-set ideas about gender roles, many relationships don't fare well when the wife brings home more bacon.
Are You a Short Tempered Dad? Here’s What to Understand — And How to Stay in Control
Even if your temper never leads to violence or shouting, it still affects your relationships, not to mention the mental health of everyone in your family.
Why It’s So Hard For Married Men To Have Female Friends
Fear of sexual tension and relationships make male-female friendships a hard sell for married men.
New Dads Go Through A Second Puberty
When a man becomes a dad, his body changes. Hormones fluctuate. Emotions swirl. But it's a major transition he may not even notice.
Low Sperm Count Is Creating A Men’s Health Crisis. But Why Are Numbers Declining?
Researchers have known for a while that sperm count and quality are declining at alarming rates in westernized countries. But what, exactly, is the cause?
How To Keep Your Relationship Strong When Dealing With Fertility Issues
The fertility journey can be a time of overwhelming stress and heartache. Here’s how to get through it together.
8 Common Mistakes Parents Make When Talking About Their Child’s Education
According to educators and counselors, this is what parents should keep in mind when talking about their child’s schooling.
Science Explains Why Kids That Play Well Thrive
For kids, play is a state of being. For parents, it’s an investment in time and money. Science explains how all that time on the playground brings lifelong dividends.
How French Parents Sleep Train Their Babies
A more laissez-faire nighttime philosophy could help you and your baby sleep.
5 Big Things People Overlook When Buying A Home (But Definitely Shouldn’t)
A home is more than what’s contained within its walls.
Why Dark, Embarrassing Thoughts Randomly Pop Into Your Head
Intrusive thoughts can happen to almost everyone. This is why they occur and what to do about them.
What Is the Divorce Rate in America?
People tend to think that more than 50 percent of couples get divorced every year in America. But that's not true. Here's what is.
How Men Lose the Respect of Their Wives, Kids, and Families — And How They Can Win It Back
Regardless of how it was lost, respect can be hard to get back. Commanding it isn’t the answer.
Couples Who Make It Through Tough Times Share These 8 Traits
In the long run, this is the stuff that really matters.
Beware Parentification: The Dangers Of Leaning On Your Child For Emotional Support
Children are naturally empathetic, so it’s easy for parents to place them in situations where they feel more like parents than kids.
Improve Yourself, Improve Your Relationships
Putting in the effort to work on your stuff, whatever it may be, tends to improve all of your relationships.